The Hinwil-based squad introduced final 12 months that it might develop into the Audi works staff in 2026 when new engine rules come into play.
With its present title sponsorship with Alfa Romeo coming to an finish this 12 months, it is going to have a brand new naming companion and is anticipated to alter to the Sauber model for 2024 because it continues its long-term challenge.
However whereas the clean sheet for subsequent 12 months may give it a chance to provide Audi some profile, Sauber has made clear that the selection has been made for the German producer to not have any public presence till 2026.
Requested by Autosport about the potential for the Audi title or emblem showing earlier than its official entry, staff principal Alessandro Alunni Bravi mentioned: “No. Audi will enter in 2026.
“Commercially talking, it is very important have an enormous bang in 2026, to not dilute the Audi involvement with the staff. So, we’ll proceed as Sauber, based mostly on the heritage of the group.”
As reported by Autosport final week, Sauber is anticipated to announce a brand new title sponsor and its official staff title subsequent month, because it transitions away from its partnership with Alfa Romeo.
Alunni Bravi added: “We already deliberate the subsequent step. And naturally, we signed that title companion already originally of 2022 for the subsequent two seasons.
“The FIA will publish the entry record of 2024 across the tenth of December, and we may also talk at the moment, not earlier than, who would be the staff title for the subsequent two seasons and the title companions for our staff.
“We’ve got every little thing clear for the subsequent two seasons. And I wish to reiterate they don’t seem to be two transition years. They’re two years which can be a part of a long-term challenge that should carry the staff to the subsequent stage.”
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Sauber’s efforts with Audi have been surrounded by hypothesis that the German producer might be having second ideas over its F1 entry in 2026.
These rumours have been triggered by the departure of former Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who permitted the unique F1 plan, and the actual fact his successor Gernot Dollner has mentioned nothing concerning the F1 challenge and his ideas on it going ahead.
However whereas the shortage of communication has triggered doubts about Audi’s dedication, and even prompted wild rumours that Toyota may take the challenge over, Sauber has mentioned the scenario behind the scenes may be very clear.
Alunni Bravi mentioned that conferences he has had with Audi at its headquarters prior to now few days present every little thing is progressing as initially deliberate.
“Between Vegas and Abu Dhabi, I have been in Ingolstadt,” mentioned Alunni Bravi. “So, I believe that there’s a dedication.
“I’ve seen individuals which can be totally dedicated, and they’re working actually onerous. We all know that the problem is large, however there’s a full dedication.”
Alunni Bravi defined that the Audi determination to enter F1 was not simply down to 1 particular person, and had been permitted at a number of senior ranges inside the firm.
“The dedication of Audi was actually sturdy from the very starting,” he mentioned. “The challenge, the F1 challenge, has been permitted by the Audi administration board, has been confirmed by the Supervisory Board of Audi and has been then confirmed by the Supervisory Board of VW.
“So, it’s a dedication at any stage inside the Audi/VW Group.
“The change of the CEO would not change this strategy, as a result of it was not a choice of a single particular person or the board, it was a choice of the group.”